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US President Barack Obama on Friday called Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on telephone and informed him of his forthcoming visit to India. During their exchanges marked by cordiality, Pakistan-US bilateral relations and the evolving situation in the region, were discussed. During their conversation, the Prime Minister recalled his warm and friendly meeting with the US President in Washington in October last year and their subsequent interaction at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague in March this year.

Pakistan and Tajikistan on Friday agreed to start negotiation on Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) that would pave way for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries. The agreement on starting negotiations was developed during a meeting between Federal Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan and Tajikistan Minister of Foreign Affairs Sirodjidin Aslov here.
At least 20 people, including the members of Sindh Assembly, were wounded on Friday in an attack on a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) camp, set-up for their ongoing country-wide membership drive, a private TV channel reported. Three MQM MPAs - Mohammad Hussain, Sheikh Abdullah and Saifuddin Khalid - were among the wounded in the attack in Orangi Town area.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Friday reviewed preparations for Pak-Russia Inter Governmental Commission (IGC) meeting to be held during his forthcoming visit to the Russian Federation. Dar was briefed by Secretary EAD on the agenda of the meeting which understandably accords due focus to co-operation in economy, investment, bilateral trade and energy sectors.
Brigadier Tariq Saddozai (retired) has been appointed as Chairman of NEPRA for five years. The appointment was made on the basis of his vast experience in the power sector, says a press release issued from Peshawar. He achieved the targets as CEO Pesco and prior to his assignment as CEO Pesco he has worked as MD of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC).
Pakistan on Friday lodged protest with the India over the unprovoked firing and mortar shelling by the Indian troops in the Pandu sector across the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday. "The government of Pakistan has lodged protest with the government of India through diplomatic channels over the unprovoked firing and mortar shelling by the India forces in the Pandu sector across the Line of Control, yesterday, in which a soldier of the Pakistan Army, Sepoy Zahid Ali, embraced martyrdom due to multiple mortar splinter injuries," said Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam.
The Ministry of Communication Friday revealed that some employees hired on contract basis were regularised on the same day. The Senate Standing Committee on Communication met here with Daud Khan Achakzai in the chair where serious concern was shown over the written mistakes in briefing papers and not filling the vacant posts under the Aaghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan.

 



 
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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln